Tuesday, 8 October 2013

MEP to vote against 'Insane' EU law to put airline passengers at risk over sleep rules

We Demand a Referendum Now MEP Nikki Sinclaire will tomorrow vote against proposals which pose a danger to those travelling by air.
Brussels are proposing changes that would allow pilots to land a plane after going 22 hours, and sometimes 24 hours, without sleep.

There would be fewer restrictions on the number of early (before 7am) starts in a row (an increase from 5 to 7) and carrying spare crew on very long-haul flights.  All of these issues, and many more besides, show that the proposals are unsafe, and that is borne out of the fact that the scientific evidence has been ignored by EASA.

The proposal could also see the removal of the third pilot on long haul flights. The third pilot acts as the fully alert, relief pilot, alleviating problems with fatigue.

In the USA, sensible pilot flight hour regulations have been introduced, yet the EU seems to want to fly in the face of these sensible rules.

The very same European proposals were  rejected by the Transport and Tourism Committee on  Monday 30th September, however the Commission is trying to undo this
expert committee vote by quickly forcing the proposals through the plenary session tomorrow the 9th, a day when many MEPs may not be available to vote

Nikki Sinclaire MEP will vote to reject proposals, and said, “I will vote AGAINST the Commission’s proposals on Pilot Flight-time Limitations.

It is absolutely ludicrous that the Commission are even attempting to force through cuts to flight safety, against the advice of pilots, scientists, and two UK Parliamentary committees.''

The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) said “…the proposals do not fully and properly reflect the scientific evidence that should underpin fatigue management. Nor do they fully incorporate the scientific evidence which EASA itself commissioned.”

Pilots who live within the West Midlands have been emailing Nikki to convey their dismay